Guests banned from entering Hyde Park house as music equipment seized amid noise complaints

Guests have been banned from entering a house in Hyde Park after residents ignored warnings about loud music and noise.

Thursday, 17th June 2021, 11:59 am
Updated Thursday, 17th June 2021, 12:00 pm
The music equipment seized by police and Leeds City Council officers in Hyde Park.

House number 8b in Hyde Park Terrace is now ‘closed’ for an initial three-month period.

During this time anyone other than the tenants, or the landlord, are forbidden from accessing the house.

It would be a criminal offence if they did enter the building, following the approval of a Premise Closure Order at Leeds Magistrates Court.

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The music equipment seized by police and Leeds City Council officers in Hyde Park.

The move by Leeds City Council is in response to a variety of anti-social behaviour issues linked to noise nuisance.

Problems identified included the playing of loud music in the early hours of the morning, the slamming of doors and shouting, as well as groups of people gathering outside the property.

Sound equipment has also been seized from a number of other houses in Hyde Park and Kirkstall.

A range of items including loudspeakers and amplifiers were removed from 3 Hessle View, 10 Hessle Mount and 8 Boston Exchange Court.

The tenants had previously received noise abatement notices stating they would face further action if music continued to be played at unacceptable levels and often late at night.

Councillor Debra Coupar, Leeds City Council’s executive board member for Safer Leeds, said:

“We simply will not accept any form of noise nuisance in our communities and as this action shows, we will use every power at our disposal working closely with our partners at the police to put a stop to it.

“Through the warrants and court order that we were granted, we now have powers to enter and remove sound equipment, which we have done at these three properties today.

"We have also closed a property blighted by noise nuisance for a three-month period.

"We certainly take no pleasure in having to take this type of action.

"We will not stand by however if any residents decide to ignore the previous warnings they have been given regarding the levels of noise in and around the property they live in.

“With some coronavirus restrictions being relaxed by government in recent months, we understand that many people will want to meet up and enjoy themselves. All we ask is that people do it in a way that is respectful to both their neighbours and local community.

"Nobody should have to suffer from noise nuisance, and I would urge anyone who is experiencing a continued issue to please contact us as soon as possible.”

Acting Inspector Helen Oldridge, who heads the Leeds North West Neighbourhood Policing Team, said:

“Noise nuisance impacts unfairly on the lives of other people in the community, and we continue to work in partnership with Leeds Anti-Social Behaviour Team to tackle the issue.

“We hope this latest action will reassure residents and send a clear deterrent message to those who think they can blight people’s lives without having to face the consequences.”

The council has also leafleted approximately 300 properties around the seizure addresses to raise awareness of the work being done to tackle noise nuisance and how to report any issues of concern.